Basic computer lessons for adults include using computer hardware and software, understanding ergonomics and accessibility, and using basic office software. Lessons on using the Internet include Web browsers, email, online safety and social media.
Learning how to use computer hardware covers topics such as turning the computer on and off, keyboarding, and using the mouse. Basic computer software lessons familiarize the student with navigating on the desktop; cutting, copying and pasting; and using and saving files.
Proper posture and placement of the arms and hands is a lesson that helps adults avoid backaches and repetitive stress disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Learning how to position the monitor helps minimize eyestrain. Lessons on accessibility features show seniors and adults with low vision and other disabilities how to adjust computer settings, such as screen magnification, for ease of use.
Basic office software lessons cover word processing, spreadsheeting and presentation software such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Using Microsoft Outlook for email and scheduling meetings is another common office software lesson.
Lessons on using a Web browser cover navigating the browser, setting preferences, and the basics of caching and cookies. Using URLs, hyperlinks and search engines are some basic Web skills to learn. Online safety topics include malware and anti-virus software, spam and scams, protecting personal information, and interacting safely with others online. Social media lessons touch on the basics of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; setting up profiles; and proper netiquette.